Mediation – Issue 4
In this series William Giles, the Mediator at Woollcombe Yonge, provides guidance as to how couples attending mediation can make the best of that mediation and give themselves the best possible opportunity to negotiate a settlement.
Preparation for the mediation meeting
Before the mediation takes place give time to consider the following:
Carefully consider in mediations about the financial situation all of the documentation that you may have prepared and that you may have been provided with. This could include the open financial statement prepared by a Mediator following a previous mediation, an interim Memorandum of Understanding, or documents that have been exchanged between the parties prior to or during the mediation process.
Make a list about what you think is important to the other person, what they may wish to achieve in order of priority.
Think about how a solution to the problem could be found so that you can both achieve as much as possible from each list.
Think about where compromises may be made.
Think about, for example, in financial issues about whether you are each budgeting enough to afford where you are going to live. Would you want to live where the other person could live based upon the budget?
Is the solution you are thinking about fair to both of you?
William Giles is a Family Law Solicitor, Mediator and Collaborative Practitioner with Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors. Our mediation practice is known as WY Mediation. For initial free discussion with Will Giles please telephone him on (01752) 660384.
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